Alleged kidnapping a ‘stupid’ dispute, barrister tells trial

The case is being heard at Oxford Crown Court

The case is being heard at Oxford Crown Court

First published in News

A DEFENCE barrister has suggested an alleged kidnapping in Bicester was really just a dispute between “stupid young kids”.

Four young men are on trial accused of forcing a teenager into a car, threatening him and ordering him to strip naked in a field over a £150 drug debt.

Yesterday, the group, who deny the charge, listened to prosecution and defence closing speeches in the case at Oxford Crown Court.

They are Mohammed Hussain, 22, of Marigold Walk; Liam Hutchison, 20, of Leach Road; Cameron Wilkins, 18, of Reedmace Road, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons.

John Law, prosecuting, said that on May 20 last year the group used threats and intimidation to kidnap Callum Pieton, 18, over £150 he allegedly owed Wilkins.

But Adrian Amer, defending the 16-year-old, said the group had behaved nothing like kidnappers, even stopping at Tesco and picking up his client, and were just “stupid young kids”.

“He asked the jury: “Was there a kidnapping at all?

“Or was it just a dispute about drugs or debts or goodness knows what?”

And Benjamin Thiele-Long, defending Wilkins, said Mr Pieton didn’t have what most people would think of as the “natural reaction” to being kidnapped.

He asked the jury: “Consider what you would do if you were being shoved into a car against your will? Would you sit there and just go ‘okay’?”

The barrister mentioned the films Cape Fear, Taken and Air Force One and compared how their characters reacted to being kidnapped, to how the complainant behaved.

The trial continues.

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